In a step toward becoming a ‘greener' port., the Port sold a portion of its Willow Grove property in 2008 to the Columbia Land Trust (CLT), a conservation group based in Vancouver, Washington. The Port's partnership with the Columbia Land Trust began in the 1990s.
With intentions of industrial development, the Port had purchased 388 acres of Willow Grove wetlands property in 3 separate transactions (1959, 1965 and 1974). Since then, however, steepened mitigation requirements have deterred such development. To date, the property has been used only in the mitigation of industrial developments at the Port's main property.
Under the 2008
agreement with the Port, CLT purchased 237 acres and transferred 75
Port-mitigated acres for $355,500. The Port of Longview will retain
ownership of the remaining 76 acres for future mitigation needs and also
have right of first refusal to mitigation credits derived from the 237
Model Example of Preservation
"Our staff has worked very hard to develop this innovative approach
with Columbia Land Trust, which we believe will serve as a model
throughout the State for wetland preservation," former Port of Longview
Executive Director Ken O'Hollaren said at the time.
Columbia Land Trust's Record
Columbia Land Trust's mission is to forever conserve the scenic and
natural values of the land and water. Founded in 1990, the group has an
impressive portfolio of more than 8,000 acres of preserved land spanning
13 counties in Washington and Oregon.